Mike Tomlin: I understand we better make some changes in what we do

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The Steelers began the season 11-0, but finished the regular season 12-4.

Then Pittsburgh went out and got down 28-0 in the first quarter of the wild-card matchup with Cleveland before ultimately losing 48-37.

In his season-ending press conference on Wednesday, head coach Mike Tomlin began by saying Sunday’s loss was tough to swallow and accept. But there’s still work to be done in many aspects.

“I understand we better make some changes in what we do — schematics, personnel. I’m committed to doing it,” Tomlin said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Tomlin acknowledged that he could make some staffing changes, though those discussions haven’t started to take place. But with the late-season collapses over the last few years, Tomlin feels something must be different next year.

“It has been a disappointment,” Tomlin said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “I’m not going to maintain status quo and hope the outcome changes. That’s the definition of insanity.”

The Steelers have not had a losing season since Mike Tomlin took over as head coach in 2007. But the club has not won a playoff game since 2016.

17 responses to “Mike Tomlin: I understand we better make some changes in what we do

  1. Mike Tomlin: The Marty Schottenheimer 2.0 of the NFL. An excellent “regular season” coach…and that’s where it ends.

  2. Tim Tebow and Denver
    Blake Bortles and Jacksonville
    Baker Mayfield and Cleveland Browns

    Thanks for the great memories coach Tomlin!

  3. Mike is a good coach but i wonder if he has lost the room a bit. It has been a long time since he had SB success. One more year is what i would give him but he needs new coordinators and he needs to let some young guys play.

  4. The last Steelers playoff win was in 2015. Tomlin is way over rated. The GM constantly drafts better than most of the league and Tomlin does nothing.

  5. You can’t say the Steelers didn’t have the talent because some of the teams Tomlin had were among the best, talent wise, in the league. He is in many respects a good HC, just not good enough. It’s hard to discern, from the outside, the cause of the lack of discipline and cohesion. They play hard and with passion when they’re winning and everything is going good but it’s tough times that tested their inner strength and it was found lacking. The off field debacles involving Bell, Brown and Juju are just the symptoms of an inner malady. Is it Tomlin or the organization as a whole or a little of both enabling this disfunction? If Big Ben retires, it might be in the best interest of both parties if Tomlin also departs. Maybe a change of scenery helps. Worked for both Andy Reid and the Eagles when they parted company.

  6. Thanks for the great memories coach Tomlin!

    Thanks coach for dusting the Ravens twice this year. Changes need to be made…..good that he sees it…go Steelers.

  7. Steelers fans that want Tomlin fired are just spoiled children. Tomlin is by far the coolest thing about your team, he can control prima donnas(Ben, all your wrs etc etc) and gameplan around a complete lack of a running game. Firing him instantly makes the Steelers irrelevant.

  8. The Steelers have plenty of talent and there’s absolutely no excuse for the late season collapses they have year after year after year. A good coach would have probably won two or three more Super Bowls with all the talent he has had on his teams. Instead, they regularly lose to terrible teams at the end of the season. 11-0 to getting embarrassed by the Browns? Maybe the problem starts at the top.

  9. With a SB win and two AFC Championships, Tomlin aint Schottenheimer but the team has underachieved for awhile now.

  10. ngatasteelersfan says:
    Tomlin is by far the coolest thing about your team, he can control prima donnas(Ben, all your wrs etc etc) and gameplan around a complete lack of a running game.
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    Yeah. He’s doing a bang up job with Juju and his antics just like he did with AB.

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